With just over two weeks until it was set to kick off, all looked rosy for the biggest metal tour of the year (Metallica's stadium run across Australia with Slipknot) until yesterday morning. The generation-defining thrash lords have made the unfortunate decision to postpone the Aussie stint of their WorldWired tour, citing issues with frontman James Hetfield's ongoing struggles with addiction.

Alongside the news, Metallica released a statement touching on the situation (which you can read in full below), vowing that makeup dates will be secured in time.

“A note from Lars, Kirk, and Rob:

We are truly sorry to inform our fans and friends that we must postpone our upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand.

As most of you probably know, our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again.

We fully intend to make our way to your part of the world as soon as health and schedule permit. We’ll let you know as soon as we can.

Once again, we are devastated that we have inconvenienced so many of you, especially our most loyal fans who often travel great distances to experience our shows. We appreciate your understanding and support for James and, as always, thank you for being a part of our Metallica family.”

Slipknot were quick to break their silence on the cancellation, promising that an Australian visit in support of LP6 - We Are Not Your Kind, released back in August via Roadrunner - is at the top of their to-sort list:

“To our Australian and New Zealand fans and family,

We only recently heard the news about the tour being postponed, and we are working as quickly as possible to determine next steps. We will let everyone know as soon as we are able.

Of course, our thoughts are with James and Metallica. We wish them nothing but the best.

We hope to see you all very soon."

The 2019 WorldWired tour was scheduled to be Metallica's first jaunt across Australian stages since they headlined the Soundwave festival in 2013. The band's 2020 plans are all on-track to go down as planned, so it shouldn't be too long before we hear news of the rescheduled Australian dates.

In the meantime, keep your eyes on Australian Guitar for more updates!

Tour Dates

Thursday October 17th - Optus Stadium, Perth WA
Saturday October 20th - Adelaide Oval, Adelaide SA
Tuesday October 22nd - Marvel Stadium, Melbourne VIC
Saturday October 26th - ANZ Stadium, Sydney NSW
Tuesday October 29th - QSAC, Brisbane QLD